Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Crappies are Starting to Setup, almost GO Time

Fall time fishing is a magic time that we anglers look forward to after a seemingly endless hot summer. Waters are cooling, the fish are starting to heavily feed for the upcoming winter and this in turn puts these fish into a bit more of predictable locations.

Once these waters get to those lower temps, 50-60 degrees and lower, the crappies start schooling together and roaming the basins of the lake for forage. Once you start fishing for these fish, you understand where they come together and stage for the coming winter season.

Outdoor Adventure Talk: Fall Turkey Hunting

Learn about tactics, techniques, equipment, and calls that can help you seal the deal on your fall New Hampshire turkey. Experienced turkey hunters Fred Bird and Carter Heath will present a seminar on fall turkey hunting on Wednesday, September 27, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The talk begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. No pre-registration is required.

VT F&W Urges Hunters to Help Keep Deer Healthy

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding hunters of a law designed to help keep Vermont deer healthy by not using any type of deer urine-based or deer body fluid attractant scents.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters

Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here are some tips from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience.

Baiting or Feeding Deer, Bear is Prohibited

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds us that baiting or feeding deer and bear is prohibited at all times in Vermont.

Share the Harvest - Hunt for the Hungry

New Hampshire hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the "Hunt for the Hungry" program at the New Hampshire Food Bank. Once again this fall, the Food Bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 425 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and group homes statewide.

Connecticut DEEP’s Hunting and Fishing Day Gets a New Venue

The sixth annual FREE Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 475 East Hartford Blvd. North, East Hartford, near Rentschler Field, with free parking provided courtesy of Cabela’s.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Visit Fish and Game at Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting and Fishing Expo

The NH Fish and Game Department booth will be among the attractions at Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting and Fishing Expo in Hooksett, N.H., on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The free event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

N.H. Youth Waterfowl Hunt Weekend

New Hampshire's Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend will be held statewide on Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2017. To participate, youth must be age 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not hunt. The youth is not required to have a hunting license or duck stamp.

Outdoor Adventure Talk: Hunting Dominant Bucks

Learn how to increase your odds of harvesting a whitetail buck this fall at a free seminar with Dave Priebe on Wednesday, September 20, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The talk begins at 7 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

Vermont’s Archery Deer Season Starts Oct. 7

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says hunters are looking forward to Vermont’s upcoming October 7- November 3 and December 2-10 archery deer hunting season.

Hunter Access Seminar for VT Landowners

Hunting can be a valuable tool for private land conservation but managing hunters can be intimidating, particularly if you are not familiar with hunting or experienced problems with hunters in the past. To help, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar for landowners interested in learning more about hunting and managing hunter access.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Crappies Can’t Resist/Northland Tackle Mimic Minnow Tuff Tube

When fall time rolls around, we as anglers start getting excited for the coming fall bite as these fish start preparing for the cold days ahead. Water temperatures are dropping and fish are moving from their summer locations to where there is more of an abundance of food migrating to.

Forage minnows at this time of year, are definitely getting to a bigger size and that in turn has the predator fish moving along with them. Shallow water bars with access to deep water very close, creates an area that these fish are able to push numbers of these minnows into, creating a situation for a feeding frenzy.

Small Game Hunting Opens Next Month

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that small game hunting season opens next month.

Down Year for Piping Plovers

was a difficult summer for the state-endangered and federally threatened piping plovers on Hampton and Seabrook beaches this year. This summer, three pairs nested on Hampton Beach with two chicks fledged (25+ days old), while on Seabrook Beach four pairs of plovers fledged three chicks.  Last year in New Hampshire, seven pairs of plovers nested and fledged fifteen chicks.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Take the National Hunting and Fishing Day Challenge

Hunters and anglers – pledge to take someone new hunting or fishing between now and National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) on Saturday, September 23, and you’ll be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package!

Vermont’s Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Seasons

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says the hunting season for ruffed grouse is September 30 - December 31 this year, and the woodcock hunting season is October 1 - November 14. The department also says the key to hunting success is to find suitable habitat for these upland game birds.

Monday, September 11, 2017

DEEP Reports Small Die-off in Local White-tailed Deer Herd

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that a recently-discovered die-off of several deer in the Portland area may be due to hemorrhagic disease, which is one of the most important infectious diseases affecting white-tailed deer. The cause of death could not definitively be determined due to the condition of the dead animals, but the manner in which the deer were found led DEEP biologists to suspect that hemorrhagic disease may be the cause.

NH High Schools Compete in Statewide Bass Fishing Tournament

Students from around New Hampshire will soon be competing for top honors in a high school bass fishing tournament. A qualifying tournament with 41 registered schools will take place on Thursday, September 21, out of Lee’s Mills on Lake Winnipesaukee. The top third of the schools from the qualifying round will move on to the state finals on Saturday, September 30, on Pawtuckaway Lake.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fall Archery Deer and Turkey Seasons Open September 15

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds sportsmen that the 2017 fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkey opens on September 15.

Fall Outdoor Adventure Talk - Managing New Hampshire's Furbearers

The activity of fur trapping has undergone a major overhaul since the pioneer days of our country’s settlement. Modern trapping techniques are used for wildlife management, species re-introductions, biological sampling, and property protection. Learn about this critical tool for managing furbearer populations at a free outdoor adventure talk being offered on Wednesday, September 13, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.  The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

Enjoy Dead Creek Wildlife Day on Sat., Oct. 7

If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the 16th annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison, Vermont on Saturday, October 7.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mastering the Mouse Retrieve

Charlie Robinton (Charlie Robinton is a fly fishing addict, who teaches people to tie flies and fly fish, ties his own flies and writes about all things fly fishing out of San Francisco.)

Looking to catch big fish? Maybe it’s time to use a big fly! Mouse-patterned retrieves are designed to resemble live mice and attract larger fish looking for a bigger meal! But it’s not just about casting the mouse and waiting – you need to have the mouse simulate what the real thing would look like in the water. It’s not just a fly – it’s a proven technique to catch yourself some big trout!

Fall trout stocking

More than 60,000 rainbow trout that are 12 inches or longer will be stocking across Massachusetts this fall. Fall stocking season will begin around the last week of September and be completed by the second week of October depending on water temperatures. Anglers will be able to view daily stocking reports by visiting Anglers can search for a specific waterbody or town using the sortable list, or explore new fishing spots with the map feature.

Educators: Schedule a Fall Classroom Wildlife Program

Educators who want to introduce their students in grades 3-6 to New Hampshire’s wildlife and wetland resources – or reinforce related lessons – have until September 28 to request fall 2017 Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) presentations by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department volunteer docents.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Vermont Youth Waterfowl Hunting, Sept. 23-24

A youngster’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. There is no finer time to begin this journey than during Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend on September 23 and 24.

Learn More About Hunting at Free Seminars Offered

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting. The seminars will cover a variety of hunting techniques, along with information about the animals targeted, and will give participants the opportunity to try a new style of hunting or to learn more about a style of hunting they already enjoy. The seminars topics include small game hunting using dogs, white-tailed deer tracking and processing, and introduction to bowhunting.

Know The Law: Use of Lead Tackle on Inland Waters in Maine

Fishing lead free is better for our lakes and our wildlife. Ingested lead fishing tackle is the leading cause of death for adult Common Loons of which there are around 4,500 adults across the state. Keeping lead sinkers out of Maine waters will increase the survival of these birds and will allow for continued population growth of this species across the northeast.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

F&W Fishing Access Area Upgrade Projects

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is past the midway point on completing a series of fishing access area improvement projects designed to enhance accessibility for anglers and boaters, including those with disabilities.

Mountaintop Ponds Offer Fine Fishing, Excellent Experience

We are at the beginning of September and water temperatures are still near their peak. This can make it difficult for anglers to locate actively feeding brook trout in a small pond setting. However, with a little effort, there are ponds that don’t warm up to levels that suppress active feeding behaviors. In the western Maine mountains, there are a number of higher elevation ponds where trout can be targeted with success all summer and into the fall.

2018 Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Reproductions Now Available

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that prints of the 2018 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp created by nationally renowned Connecticut artist Chet Reneson are now available in limited quantity.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Midwest Hunting and Fishing Magazine September/October 2017

F&W to Hold Free Fishing Clinics in September

Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s “Let’s Go Fishing Program” will be holding two educational fishing clinics in September, both which are free and open to anglers of all ages and abilities.

Small Game Seasons Get Underway

Small game hunting season for gray squirrel gets underway September 1 -- a nice opportunity to get out and hunt in comfortable weather and a great way to introduce a youngster to hunting skills. On October 1 ruffed grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare seasons open and all are exciting to hunt and make excellent table fare.

Migratory Bird Hunting Season Dates Set

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced the dates for the 2017-2018 migratory bird hunting seasons, which include seasons for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, rails, and crows. Specific details on season dates, bag limits, regulations, and other reminders are published in the 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which is available at Printed versions can be obtained at DEEP and town clerk offices.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Isolated Structure Fishing

Summer time water temperatures have the fish looking for cooler and more comfortable water zones and that means fishing deeper water. There are many deep water locations that hold fish and then there are areas that hold better quality and more variety.

Finding these locations can be very rewarding and typically do take a good amount of work, but once they are found, can be goldmines on a regular basis. Good electronics these days, allow you to create mapping on demand, and this work up front, can show you these locations that may not be on your current charts.

Free Trees Available To Homeowners This Fall

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is teaming up once again with the Arbor Day Foundation, Rhode Island Tree Council, and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association to give away 1,000 trees as part of the State's Energy-Saving Trees Program. The Program helps homeowners conserve energy and reduce utility costs while beautifying their neighborhood.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Save the Dates: Fall Outdoor Adventure Talks Coming Up at Fish and Game

Get primed for fall hunting seasons and more at a series of outdoor adventure talks being offered on Wednesday evenings this fall at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The talks begin at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.  No pre-registration is required.

Antlerless Deer Application Deadline is Aug. 24

The deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit to be used during Vermont’s December 2-10 muzzleloader deer season is Thursday, August 24.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

VT Resident Canada Goose Season, Sept. 1-25

Vermont’s resident Canada goose hunting season will be held September 1 through September 25 to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

‘Let’s Go Fishing’ Program Seeks Instructors

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors so they can pass on Vermont’s fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters.

Hunting Black Bears, Free Seminar on August 19

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a free seminar on hunting Vermont black bears on Saturday, August 19, at the Cambridge Fire Department in Jeffersonville.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Free Deer Hunting Seminar This Month

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a free informational seminar on deer hunting this month. The program is designed to educate hunters of all ages and experience on ways to increase their success hunting whitetail deer.

Be Bear Smart as You Enjoy the Remaining Summer Season

The cool nights are a constant reminder that the summer season is coming to an end and fall will soon be upon us.  Despite the season change, N.H. Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service urge homeowners, campers, and the rest of the public to continue to be vigilant and responsible in bear country.  The peak period of conflicts between bears and humans is June and July, however, bear activity in and around human-occupied areas can continue through August and occasionally September.

Pleasant Lake/Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project - Update

The on the water construction phase of the Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project is complete, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like thank the Pleasant Lake Community and the towns of Casco and Otisfield for their support during the project.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Deep Water Structure Fish

Waters are warm these days, with being near the 80 degree mark and that has the fish going deep for the cooler waters. Fishing deeper water requires good electronics and an understanding of what they are showing you and how to fish that structure.

One location that I have found, is a very small sunken island that is about the size of a boat, and is void of much vegetation because of the depth. Utilizing the Sonarphone Tpod with the Navionics application this has allowed for creating current contour information on daily trips.

Habitat Enhancement At Scarborough Marsh WMA Will Benefit New England Cottontails

Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area is a 3100 acre collection of parcels located in the towns of Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach.  Scarborough Marsh is currently the focus of habitat enhancement for the state endangered New England cottontail rabbit.  Portions of the area are represented by reverting farm fields which have regrown in pockets of dense shrub where as other areas remain grassy.

Great Outdoors Pursuit Finale This Saturday At Rocky Point

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced its annual Great Outdoors Pursuit will hold its grand finale this Saturday at Rocky Point State Park. As part of the Pursuit, now in its ninth season, families earn rewards for participating in scheduled outdoor events throughout the summer season.